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Trees to Tribunes

by Unknown

Published 1937


How newspapers are produced, beginning in the forest.


Run time 19:17
Producer Unknown
Sponsor Chicago Tribune
Audio/Visual Sd, B&W

Shotlist

Contents. Some of the activities involved in pulpwood logging, making newsprint, and printing a large metropolitan newspaper.

A map indicates the location of Chicago Tribune timberlands in the Canadian province of Quebec. Supplies are brought by boat from Quebec to Shelter Bay, where they are transferred to trucks, sleds, and wagons and carried to various logging camps in the vicinity.

There are several views of a logging camp. Trees are cut, trimmed, and sawed into 4-foot lengths. Some logs are sledded to rivers and lakes; others are transported on ice slides. Logs are stacked in piles on the ice, awaiting warmer spring weather. When the ice melts in the spring, great log drives are started downstream. Occasional jams are freed by dynamiting. Near river docks the logs are fed into revolving drums which remove the bark. They are then loaded for shipping to the pulp mills.

The sequence dealing with the manufacture of newsprint begins with views of the Tribune pulp mild The logs are cleaned in washing drums and defective wood is removed. Some of the logs are sent through chippers and made into chemical sulphite pulp; the majority are ground for mechanical pulp. Mechanical and sulphite pulps are mixed before they are run through a series of rolls and converted into newsprint. The finished paper is loaded into Tribune ships, transported to Chicago by way of the Great Lakes, and stored in the Tribune warehouse.

The concluding sequence deals with the work of producing a large metropolitan newspaper. There are several views of the editorial rooms in the Tribune Tower. An engraving is made of a cartoonist's drawing. Linotype operators are shown at work at their machines. Pages of type and engravings are assembled, matrices are molded, and the stereotype plates are cast and locked onto rotary presses. Paper from the warehouse is fed to the presses as the work of printing the paper begins. Papers are cut, folded, and conveyed to the shipping and mailing rooms. Several views indicate the operations involved in distributing the newspapers to street newsstands and to the homes of subscribers.

Appraisal. Reported very good for (1) tracing the steps in pulpwood logging and the production of newsprint and (2) briefly sketching the mechanical work involved in producing a newspaper. Found useful in developing an appreciation of the complex organization of the newspaper industry.

Teachers reported that various processes were covered from beginning to end in logical sequence, but some felt that the mechanical operations could have been given more detailed treatment. Students were interested in learning that some newspapers log their own lumber and make their own paper. The frequent interjection of Chicago Tribune advertising was objectionable to a few teachers. A one-reel version of this film is also available.

Photography and sound are good.



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Reviews

Reviewer: Spuzz - - August 9, 2005
Subject: Roger Ebert not included.
From Trees To Tribune is a film that starts off spectacularily and surprisingly then crashes HARD and limps to a very bizarre conclusion.

Instead of just starting in the forest and watching tree hackers cut down trees, we start by seeing what the Tribune does to prepare the men who will be stuck out in the bush during the winter season when most of the trees get cut down, a profile of the town is then shown, and the ways the town passes the time. All of this is truly absorbing. THEN we go into the forest and watch the lumberjacks cut the trees down. Since this is being done in the wintertime in Quebec wilderness, the problem of transport is discussed.. No problem, they create a create ski jump! Off they go down the river to the plant for shipping! Pretty amazing journey here, they all wind up with a lake just clogged with logs! After theyre chopped up in a plant, and spit out onto a ship, they then make the trip to Chicago They then get put into a massive mountain of logs, where they are THEN processed into paper. Very very fascinating, and the film is still not over! They are pulped, pressed, and then milled into paper in a great process, and spun into large spools of paper! Then, the spools are delivered, and this is an amazing process!!!
The film.. seems to stop here and then we are suddenly thrust about departments the Tribune, and how comics are put onto plates for printing. Then the film ENDS!!1 Like what happens to the paper? Waaaah, left me hanging. Since this was a must see in the beginning and dwindled to a yah, who cares? In the end, Ill be nice and say this film is recommended!
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